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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Sussane Weiss" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 05:33:54 -0000
Subject: Charity Work Offer, Your Benefit Included

My Dear beloved,

I am sure this mail would be coming to you as a surprise since we have never met before and you would also be asking why I have decided to chose you amongst the numerous internet users in the world. Precisely, I cannot say why I have chosen you but do not be worried for I saw your profile on the Internet, which has made me accomplish my request. As you carefully read and digest the message below, May the almighty God bless and see you through with this mission.

Before I move further, permit me to give you a little of my biography. I am Mother Sussane Weiss, 67 Years old woman and the wife of Late Frederick Weiss who died in a Plane crash on September 1998 14:22 GMT while they were flying from New York to Geneva. After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investments and now that I am old and weak I have decided to spend the rest of my life with my family in Turkey and loved ones whom I never had time for during the course of my business life, but before the death of my husband we had a plan to use the last days of our lives to donate half of what we have worked for to the less privileged and charity homes and the other half for ourselves, family members and close friends, and it is unfortunate that my husband is not alive today to do this with me and I am very weak and old now. Hence I have decided to do this philanthropic work on behalf of my late husband and I.

Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity homes and to some of the less privileged in different countries. Despite the agreement between my late husband and I to give aid to the deprived, we also agreed to render support to an individual we have not meet before in life due to the fact when we were still young in life we received an anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not being able to know till date. The impact we got from such gesture made us to do same. I am sorry to inform you that you will never have the chance to know me because I have just concluded the assignment which my husband and I have agreed upon before his sudden death and you happened to be the beneficiary of our last WILL, irrespective of your previous financial status, hence I need you to do me a favor by accepting our offer that will give make you to get blessing from God.

I have presently deposited a Cheque in the sum of 10,000,000.00 million United States Dollars with UPS express to deliver to you. What you have to do now is to contact the UPS COURIER SERVICE as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you. I only made the deposit with your EMAIL ADDRESS and SECURITY KEEPING CODE (KAT/0409/FL/USA) because I do not know your name and the address you would want to receive the parcel with. I couldn't find them on net while browsing your profile if not I would have given it to UPS for immediate and fast delivery of this parcel to you.

For your information, I have paid for the delivery Charge, Insurance Premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the cheque showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country. The only fee you will pay is the security keeping fee which they will tell you upon your communication with them. Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to ask them to provide you with cost of the security keeping fee and the information how to send it to them for their immediate delivery of the check to you. Please my dear if you know that you will not help me with this charity work, please do not contact me or the UPS. I need an honest and God fearing person that will help me.

Kindly contact the UPS courier service with your full name, address, phone number and ID card. Below is their contact information.

Contact Person: Juan Perez
Position: UPS Commissioner For Information
Phone: 919 324 8583

Note that I would have paid the security keeping fee but the company insisted that I should not because they don't know when the "inheritor" will be contacting them and to avoid further demurrage after I have paid for it. This is the security keeping code: (KAT/0409/FL/USA) of the check. You are to contact them using the code for verification before delivery take place. All I need you to do is, when you get this fund, use $5,000.000.00 only for your effort and use the rest as I advised herein.

Keep me informed as soon as you contact them and once you receive the check.

Yours Faithfully,

Sussane Weiss

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